Allergy Matters: new approaches to allergy prevention and management

The International Conference on Allergy Prevention
Wageningen, The Netherlands 4-6 February 2004

Editors:
Luud J.W.J. Gilissen
Plant Research International, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Harry J. Wichers
Agrotechnology & Food Innovations, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Huub F.J. Savelkoul
Department of Cell Biology and Immunology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Robert J. Bogers
Frontis – Wageningen International Nucleus for Strategic Expertise
Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Series editor:
R.J. Bogers
Frontis – Wageningen International Nucleus for Strategic Expertise
Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

About the book | Table of Contents

In Western societies, the incidence and prevalence of respiratory and food-related allergies have increased rapidly over the past decades. Changes in life style, e.g. in hygiene, child vaccination, housing insulation, food consumption patterns, etc. are thought to be involved in this increase. Direct and indirect costs related to allergy are expected to rise rapidly, especially in the Central and Eastern European countries that recently joined the European Union. Major concerns relate to the significant decrease of the quality of life of patients and their relatives.

Therefore, time is urgent to develop strategies for large-scale and structural tackling of the allergy problem. Approaches aiming at allergy prevention with a focus on controlling our living environment and the food production chain, as well as on the choices consumers and patients make, seem very promising and complementary to solve this medicalized problem.

This book, written by renowned experts, reflects the current ideas for future possibilities of allergy prevention, using integrated and multidisciplinary strategies and covering the entire knowledge framework from comprehensive fundamental research to implementation into society. It describes approaches from the following main topics:

This book will be an indispensable tool for all those scientists that are searching for ways to solve the current allergy problems.

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